Item MS-13-49, SF Box 69, Folder 18 - Minute book of the Medical Relief Committee of Dartmouth

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Minute book of the Medical Relief Committee of Dartmouth

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  • Textual record

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MS-13-49, SF Box 69, Folder 18

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  • 1918, 1944 (Creation)
    Halifax Medical Commission Relief Committees

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1 cm of textual records (1 volume)

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Medical Relief Committees were appointed by the Halifax Medical Commission (HMC), which was established in 1918 by Acts of the Canadian Parliament and the Province of Nova Scotia to care for dependants and disabled victims of the 1917 Halifax Explosion. It had in its purview the restitution of property losses and continued medical treatment. Approximately $30 million was disbursed over the 60-year period, which included grants from the Imperial Government and the Government of Canada. In 1976 the responsibilities of the Halifax Medical Commission were transferred to the Canadian Pension Commission along with $1.5 million to defray costs.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the medical library at Dalhousie University by Dr. M.G. Burris in June 1944, and accessioned by Dalhousie University Archives (73-84) in 1973.

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Item is a minute book kept during the meetings of the Medical Relief Committee of Dartmouth. The committee met regularly in late 1917-1918 to discuss the care of Dartmouth patients following the 1917 Halifax Explosion. The book, which was kept by Dr. M.G. Burris, details meetings and efforts to coordinate with the relief activities with the Medical Relief Committee of Halifax. Burris added two pages of notes in June 1944 with information about committee members, the Dartmouth hospitals managed by the committee, and remunerations paid to physicians by the Medical Relief Committee.

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Notebook is water damaged.

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  • English

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Digital copy of notebook is available.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: Minute book of the Medical Relief Committee of Dartmouth, MS-13-49, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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